Review: Srixon Z 965 Irons

Review: Srixon Z 965 Irons

Srixon Z 965 Irons

The Srixon Z 965 irons are a serious blade iron for the best players looking for a clean muscle back. These irons aren't for the faint of heart and are designed for the best of shot makers in the game. The temptation for these beautiful irons may be difficult to resist so hopefully this review will help you figure out whether or not you're ready to take the plunge.


The Highlights:

  • New Tour V.T. sole for better turf interaction
  • Ultra-soft 1020 carbon steel
  • 5% larger grooves
  • Compact muscle back blade - for most advanced players

Find the Srixon Z 965 Irons HERE.


The Vibe:

Wow. What a club. The Srixon Z 965 left me about as impressed as I've been from a blade by one of the big names in the golf industry. Blade irons aren't evolving with crazy new technologies all that much so they've typically become somewhat boring aside from updated looks and maybe different metals. For the most part, a blade is a blade. That is of course, until I tried out the Z 965. Pictures probably don't do these irons justice, but in hand they are some of the sexiest blades I've ever seen. Thin, thin, thin. Thin topline, thin soles, compact from heel to toe. The Z 965 really is the perfect looking blade. Quite pleasingly, the feel of the Z 965s matches its sweet looks. A purely struck shot cracks off the face with a powerful snap through the turf. A good feel player will realize how nice that new V.T. sole cuts through the turf as opposed to a traditional blade sole. In the interest of a full disclaimer, you'll want to be a good ball striker with these irons. They weren't designed to be forgiving and will make for a tough round if you don't have the game for them.


On Course:

Better players tend to prefer blade irons for their shot feedback and manipulation. Simply put, because they can feel the ball really well and can control their shot shapes better. We could have a strong debate about the validity of that statement, but the fact of the matter is that players in this category tend to have good ball striking skills and personal preferences play a very large role in their club selection. My experience on the course was that the Z 965 checked a lot of my personal preference boxes. As mentioned before, they look sick and that exceptional feel, the turf interaction, and ability to control the ball proved the Z 965 is the real deal. Shaping the ball and flighting it on demand are both easy tasks which made it easy to place shots in all the right places. If you fancy yourself an 'artist' with your irons and have the game to back it up, I can't think of a more perfect match than the Srixon Z 965.


The Verdict:

If you have the game to match the Srixon Z 965 you'll have a tough time finding a better contender in the blade category at your local PGA Superstore. Shot-makers with a preference for small heads with thin soles that don't rely on their irons for forgiveness are a perfect match for the Z 965. My Verdict: Contender for best in class, but should only be tackled by highly-skilled iron players. Easily one of the sexiest looking irons in the major market, beating out a lot of other big names. A perfect execution of simplicity and beauty.


The Aftershow:

The Aftershow is where we talk about aspects of the equipment that's of interest but didn't necessarily make the review. I know I really hammered away that these irons are for the best of the best players, but there are still a lot players that prefer forged blades with good ball striking skills, but need/want a little cavity. Srixon has other options such as the Z 765, or even the Z 565. Hopefully we'll have more insight in the future, but if they're anything like the Z 965, they'll be worth at least checking out at a demo day. [carousel]
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